VMAT verification - are we ever going to give it up? Is it time to let go?

20 April 2016 10:00


Organised by IPEM's Radiotherapy Special Interest Group

With increasing numbers of patients being treated by IMRT and VMAT, dose verification on the linac is becoming increasingly burdensome. A trend is developing of moving from plan QA to process QA. At this meeting we aim to consider whether we can afford to give up verification on the linac and how this might impact on patient safety, efficiency and cost. Methods for augmenting and improving machine QA for VMAT, streamlining patient QA, independent dose calculation software, transit dosimetry and off-line analysis of machine log files will be discussed. At the end attendees will have a clearer idea of the future of VMAT verification in their department.

How many of us are still performing per patient dose verification on the linac for VMAT plans, and to what extent? How long does this take and how much does it cost? Is it possible to reduce this or give it up entirely whilst still being sure that the patient is getting a safe and effective treatment? Find out how you can streamline or even drop the verification at your centre by coming to this meeting and participating in a debate.

Target audience
Radiotherapy Physicists

Abstract submission has now closed. Abstracts of papers and posters to be presentated at this conference are available to download here

Programme and Posters 
The latest programme and list of posters to be displayed is available to download here.

Invited Speakers
Geoff Budgell, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Catharine Clark, Royal Surrey County Hospital and NPL
Dr Jochem Wolthaus, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Netherlands

Download invited speaker biographies here.

On-line registration is now closed. For any registration queries, email the IPEM Conference Team or ring 01904 550598.

Registration fees: IPEM members: £135; IPEM technologist members: £95; Other Technologists (incl. RCT): £110; Pre-registration trainees: £110; Radiographers: £110; Non-salaried students: £65; Retired: £65; Non-members: £185
Registration deadline: 6th April 2016

This conference will take place at St Anne's College of Oxford University. 
Full address: St Anne’s College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HS. For map and travel information, click here.
St Anne's is approximately 20 minutes walk from Oxford train station. If travelling by car, you are advised to use the Park and Ride system - from Peartree and Water Eaton you can catch buses which stop very close to St Anne’s.

If you have any queries, please 
email the IPEM conference team or tel: 01904 550598. 

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